(EXPIRED) Barclays Offering 5x Bonus Points In Select Categories On Cobranded Cards

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Barclays is sending out spending offers to holders of its cobranded cards offering 5x additional points in select categories.

Barclays spending offers

The Deal

  • Earn 5x additional points in the following categories on Barclays cobranded cards:
    • Hotel stays (some offers)
    • Airline tickets (some offers)
    • Car rental
    • Ride service
    • Restaurant

Key Terms

  • This offer is for select cardmembers and is not transferable. If your account is closed or you switch to another product during the promotional period, you may no longer be eligible for this promotion.
  • If you receive this offer and enroll by 8/26/21 you will earn 5 additional points for every one dollar ($1) spent on airline ticket, car rental, ride service and restaurant purchases, less credits, returns and adjustments (“Net Purchases”) with transaction dates between 8/1/21 through 10/31/21, up to a maximum of $2,000 in spend in these categories each month.
  • The maximum earn for this offer is 30,000 points.
  • Purchases in the specified reward categories must be submitted by merchants using the corresponding Merchant Category Codes (“MCCs”) in order to earn additional points. MCCs are categories used by merchants based on the goods and services they sell. Barclays uses the MCCs when creating the reward categories however, we have no control over how merchants choose to be categorized and as a result, some purchases may not fall into the expected rewards category and will not qualify to earn additional points.
  • Additional points may not be earned if the merchant submits the purchase using a mobile or wireless card reader or if you use a mobile or digital wallet to pay for the purchase. Additionally, purchases made through third parties, including online marketplaces and resellers, or using a third-party payment account, will not earn additional points.
  • Failure to maintain your creditworthiness during the offer period may result in actions on your account, such as a credit line decrease, that would reduce your ability to take advantage of this offer.
  • To receive the additional points, your account must be open, active and in good standing at the time of fulfillment.
  • All points earned from this promotion will appear on your statement 6-8 weeks after the end of the promotion.

Quick Thoughts

The terms of this offer suggest it’s a targeted promotion, so keep an eye out for emails from Barclays as there’ll be a registration link in the email.

My wife received this offer on her Choice card, while in our Frequent Miler Insiders Facebook group Jen reports getting it on a Lufthansa Miles & More card while Loren got it on an American Airlines Aviator card.

One of the nice things about this offer is that the 5x points are on top of what you’ll already earn on your card. For example, if you get the offer on an American Airlines Aviator card like Loren, paying for an American Airlines flight will earn you a total of 7x AAdvantage miles – 2x as standard for paying with that card and 5x from this offer. Update: I just noticed that the offers on the American Airlines and Lufthansa cards offers 5x on hotel stays rather than flights, while the Choice offer gives 5x on flights rather than hotel stays. It therefore doesn’t look like you can double up on bonus categories on those cards. Anonymous reports in the comments below that they received both the airline and hotel categories (in addition to the others) on the Arrival card.

With the airline and car rental categories though, it’s worth weighing up the 5x bonus points/miles with credit card protections available on the Barclays card you get this offer on versus the points/miles and protections you could get on other cards you might own like the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cards.

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JC1

I received the offer on my choice card as well. But my father received the offer on his American Airlines card and his offer did not offer a bonus on Airfare, only the other categories. I would double check to make sure that the airline card offers really offer a bonus on airline spend since his Aviator card did not.

His terms are as follows with the bolding for emphasis. “This offer is valid for select cardmembers and is not transferable. If your account is closed or you switch to another product during the promotional period, you may no longer be eligible for this promotion. If you receive this offer and enroll by August 26, 2021, you will earn an additional 5 AAdvantage miles for every $1 spent on hotel stay, auto rental, ride service and restaurant purchases, less credits, returns and adjustments (“Net Purchases”) with transaction dates between August 1, 2021 and October 31, 2021 up to 10,000 AAdvantage miles each month of the promotion. Purchases in the specified reward categories must be submitted by merchants using the corresponding Merchant Category Codes (“MCCs”) in order to earn additional AAdvantage miles. MCCs are categories used by merchants based on the goods and services they sell. Barclays uses the MCCs when creating the reward categories, however, we have no control over how merchants choose to be categorized and as a result, some purchases may not fall into the expected reward category and will not qualify to earn additional AAdvantage miles. Additional AAdvantage miles may not be earned if the merchant submits the purchase using a mobile or wireless card reader or if you use a mobile or digital wallet to pay for the purchase. Additionally, purchases made through third parties, including online marketplaces and resellers, or using a third-party payment account, will not earn additional AAdvantage miles. Failure to maintain your creditworthiness during the offer period may result in actions on your account, such as a credit line decrease, that would reduce your ability to take advantage of this offer. To receive the additional 5X AAdvantage miles, your account must be open and in good standing at the time of fulfillment. All additional AAdvantage miles earned will appear on your statement 6-8 weeks after the end of the promotion. Call the number on the back of your card if you have further questions regarding this offer.

anonymous

Check your “Offers” tab in your online account. That’s where I got it.

“Enroll now to earn an additional 5 miles for every $1 spent on HOTEL STAY, AIRLINE TICKET, AUTO RENTAL, RIDE SERVICE, and RESTAURANT purchases, up to 10,000 miles each month with your card from August 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021.”
(Capitals by me, to highlight the categories.)

I got this on the Arrival card.

Last edited 5 months ago by anonymous
robertw

Same here on the Arrival card.